David Hoantee Peng
David grew up in New York City after moving to the US at the age of eight from Taiwan. He first visited China in 1980 to visit his grandparents in Henan Province while as a Columbia student. Over the past 30 years he has worked internationally in Beijing, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Taipei and started his career in the high tech industry. Since 1990, David has been working in the investment management industry in building investment management businesses and fund management operations including joint-venture fund management companies in Greater China. David is currently Head of Greater China for Standard Life Investments. David worked for BlackRock, Merrill Lynch, Mercury Asset Management and Aetna. David received his B.A. from Columbia College, Columbia University in 1983 and majored in Political Science with a concentration in International Relations. David received a master’s degree in international management from Thunderbird, School of Global Management in 1987. David currently lives in Beijing and Hong Kong and over the years enjoyed being members of Columbia Alumni Associations in Taipei, Hong Kong and Shanghai. He is currently the President of Columbia Alumni Association of Beijing. David is a proud member of the Columbia family with sisters and brother-in-law who graduated from SEAS ’83, SEAS ’85, BC ’89, BUS ’00. Denyven Peng, the next generation, will be attending SEAS, Class of 2016.
Xiaobo Lu is Professor of Political Science at Barnard College, Columbia University. He is a faculty member of Weatherhead East Asian Institute and served as its Director from 2001 to 2007. He also served as the founding Director of Columbia Global Centers (East Asia) in Beijing in 2008-10. While in China, he was a visiting professor at Tsinghua University and taught courses at the School of Public Policy and Management at Tsinghua. Professor Lu teaches courses on Chinese politics, political economy, and comparative politics. His research interests include post-socialist transition, corruption and good governance, regulatory reforms, and government-business relations. As a principle investigator, he was responsible for leading an international research project, “Central-local relations and environmental governance in China”, funded by Global Public Policy Network (consisted of Columbia, LSE, and Sciences-po) in 2008-10. Currently he is working on a book manuscript, From Player to Referee: the Rise of the Regulatory State in China.
He has published widely on these subjects. He is the author of the book Cadres and Corruption (2000). He is also a co-author of Danwei: Changing Chinese Workplace in Historical and Comparative Perspective (1997). His recent book (with Thomas Bernstein) is on the political and economic changes in the Chinese countryside, Taxation without Representation in Contemporary Rural China (2003). He was visiting professor at Tsinghua University, Jiaotong University in China; City University of Hong Kong; Institute of Political Science (Sciences-Po) and Paris University I-Sorbonne in Paris. Professor Lu serves on the editorial boards of several international scholarly journals.
Xiaobo Lu is a member of Council on Foreign Relations, and the National Committee of US-China Relations. He was also a member of the Committee of 100. He is a regular commentator on China and US-China relations on PBS, CNN, BBC, and NPR and has delivered speeches and briefings to organizations such as the Council on Foreign Relations, the Asia Foundation, the Asia Society, World Affairs Council, National Committee for US-China Relations, American Center for International Leadership, Asia Society, the China Institute of America, and the Japan Society.
Weizhi Shao is currently a Ph.D. candidate, majoring in Civil Engineering and Engineering Mechanics at Columbia University. He has been the President of Columbia University Chinese Students and Scholars Association, spearheaded the 1st and 2nd annual “Columbia China Prospects Conference”, co-founded “Columbia China Forum”, and held “the 13th Columbia University Chinese New Year Gala” as the executive producer.